A trading post, trading station, or trading house, also known as a factory, was an establishment or settlement where goods and services could be traded.
Typically the location of the trading post would allow people from one geographic area to trade in goods produced in another area. In some examples, local inhabitants could use a trading post to exchange local products for goods they wished to acquire.
- In the context of scouting, trading post usually refers to a camp store in which snacks, craft materials, and general merchandise are sold.
- A "trading post" also once referred to a trading booth within the New York Stock Exchange.
- Trading post; Factory - Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, 1989
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